Entitled: "Ranch mailbox near Farson, Wyoming." Before the introduction of rural free delivery (RFD) by the Post Office in 1896, many rural residents had no access to the mail unless they collected it at a post office located many miles from their homes or hired a private express company to deliver it. For this reason, mailboxes did not become popular in rural America until curbside RFD mail delivery by the Post Office was an established service.

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Entitled: "Ranch mailbox near Farson, Wyoming." Before the introduction of rural free delivery (RFD) by the Post Office in 1896, many rural residents had no access to the mail unless they collected it at a post office located many miles from their homes or hired a private express company to deliver it. For this reason, mailboxes did not become popular in rural America until curbside RFD mail delivery by the Post Office was an established service.
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Image ID: T950KK
Ranch Mailbox, 1941